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Former Wichita youth pastor pleads guilty to child sex crimes

Published: Mar. 2, 2018 at 5:51 PM CST
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Update: Friday, July 20, 2018

A former Wichita pastor charged with child sex crimes pleaded guilty Friday afternoon.

The Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office says Chauncey Walker,48, pled guilty to aggravated indecent liberties with a child and aggravated indecent solicitation of a child.

Chauncey is accused of sexually abusing and raping a 15-year-old girl between 2012 and 2015. He was arrested and booked into jail back in August.

His sentencing is scheduled for August 29.

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A Wichita youth pastor is in jail as of Friday evening. Chauncey Walker is accused of juvenile sex crimes.

Walker was arrested and booked into jail in August. He was charged with one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and two counts of criminal sodomy with a child.

Walker is now listed in a lawsuit filed by a woman who says he sexually abused her and raped her for several years.The lawsuit says Walker was the youth pastor at "Ground Zero" where he oversaw programs and activities for young teens. It also says he was the girls' soccer coach for the school at Word of Life Church.

It says the woman participated in the church services and community programs offered by the church.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday at the Sedgwick County court house by an attorney for the woman. The woman is now twenty, but says the abuse happened between 2012 and 2015.

The lawsuit says Walker sexually abused and raped the girl at least two to four times a week during that time and the girl was too young to consent.

It says Walker violated her more than two hundred times within three years at locations owned by the church.

It claims a church member reported seeing the girl and Walker holding hands in public and reported it to the church.

The lawsuit says the church and the senior minister, Robert Rotola, should be held accountable for not fully investigating multiple reports made to the church about Walker. The lawsuit says the church and Rotola allowed Walker's repeated violations.

The woman is asking for hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages. We reached out to the senior minister, his attorney and the woman's attorney for comment, but have not heard back yet.